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Welcome to our annual DPAC Festival!


The Dallas Playwriting Arts Collective (DPAC), is a partnership between Junior Players, Kitchen Dog Theater, and the Dallas Independent School District to provide innovative programs and opportunities for high school playwrights. The DPAC partnership allows Junior Players and Kitchen Dog to serve an additional 1,000 DISD students through ongoing playwriting master classes throughout the school year.


This year’s DPAC Festival will take place at Wilmer-Hutchins High School from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and features plays from 17 different Dallas Independent School District schools!


This program is sponsored, in part, by: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, American Airlines, Bank of America, N.A.,Co-Trustee, City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, Communities Foundation of Texas, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District,  Diane and Hal Brierley Foundation, Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust, George Family Foundation – Next Generation Fund, Harold Simmons Foundation, Holloway Family Foundation, Karve Media & Creative Services, March Family Foundation, Moody Fund for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Simmons Sisters Fund, SullivanPerkins, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Instruments Foundation, The Hersh Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and individual donors.


DPAC Production Team:

Playwright Adjudicator – Erin Burdette

Directing Adjudicator – Tina Parker

Acting Adjudicator – Jamal Sterling

Critics – Tim Johnson and Yolonda Williams

Stage Manager – Olivia Woodward

Light Board Operator – Wyatt Hood


Participating Schools (in order of appearance):


Wilmer-Hutchins High School

Playwright(s): Dontrelle F. Kayde and crew

Presenting: A Day in the Office

DISD Instructor: Russell Hyland


W.T. White High School

Playwright(s): Isabella Berber

Presenting: Trash Cans Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

DISD Instructor: Kristin Colaneri


Woodrow Wilson High School

Playwright(s): Camille Rigamonti

Presenting: The Do Over

DISD Instructor: Jenci Pavageau


Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy

Playwright(s): Miles Johnson, Jeremy Pittman, Oscar Oyervidez

Presenting: Réanimer

DISD Instructor: Joy Walker


Hillcrest High School

Playwright(s): Anaira Marquez  

Presenting: For You? Espresso

DISD Instructor: Yadira Gonzalez


Moisés E. Molina High School

Playwright(s): Zulemy Ortega

Presenting: The Hestia Twins

DISD Instructor: Melyssah Colerangle


Thomas Jefferson High School

Playwright(s): Gale Espinosa

Presenting: Deadly Ever After

DISD Instructor: Raven Garcia Lawes


Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Playwright(s): Joe Adkins

Presenting: Hark!

DISD Instructor: Lisa Cote


Emmett J. Conrad High School

Playwright(s): Olivia G. Greenhill

Presenting: Goodbye, Galahad

DISD Instructor: Rebecca Maymi


David W. Carter High School

Playwright(s): Javion Myers

Presenting: Tell Me a Secret        

DISD Instructor: Jordan Jackson


School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Townview

Playwright(s): Allison Sisavath

Presenting: Next!

DISD Instructor: Sarah Becker


Skyline High School

Playwright(s): Bridgett Aleman Torres

Presenting: Girl X

DISD Instructor: Natalie King


W. W. Samuell High School

Playwright(s): Fernanda Medina

Presenting: 338 Ways to Cook a Carrot

DISD Instructor: Mary Ruvolo


W. H. Adamson High School

Playwright(s): Jazmin Ortiz

Presenting: The Mexican Robbers

DISD Instructor: Kendyl Watson


H. Grady Spruce High School

Playwright(s): Alison Coronado

Presenting: The Earth's Greatest Canvas

DISD Instructor: Amy Sausameda


North Dallas High School

Playwright(s): Jaolyn Cerna

Presenting: Lovely Gem, Terrible Shell

DISD Instructor: Adam Kullman


Seagoville High School

Playwright(s): TBA

Presenting: TBA

DISD Instructor: Annie Such


Special Thanks:

Dimas Delgado and Marisa A. Sanchez from Dallas Independent School District, Junior Players’ Directing and Playwright Masterclass Teaching Artists, Lisa Cote, and Russell Hyland and the students of Wilmer-Hutchins.


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Junior Players programming has just begun! Auditions for PUP Fest and our summer Shakespeare production, As You Like It, are right around the corner! Auditions are completely FREE and open to all current High School students. Click here for more information!

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